Henry Croswell et al. in St Thomas' Church, Stamford Hill, London - 29 June, 1879, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 158:
with a S. Peter's Day Processional.
O[rgan]. – Small, good and well played.
H[ymns]. – A. & M. (Old Edition) but a High Church selection.
C[hoir]. – 12 boys and 10 men surpliced - some fine gregorian singing.
[The congregation numbered] 500 Not many men, a few old persons, otherwise an ordinary congregation.
B[uilding] – Basilican (1806) A wretched old building beautifully restored in 1873. I think it one of the finest Catholic churches and services we have ever attended.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 158. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1548329832501 accessed: 11 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music including Gregorian chant||performed by the choir and organist of St Thomas' Church Stamford Hill|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Thomas' Church Stamford Hill|
|Date/Time||29 June, 1879, 07:00 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 30 minutes|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|
Henry Croswell (1840–93) kept a record of his visits to churches in London over a period of more than twelve years (1872–85). He made methodical notes about the number of clergy, the churchmanship, the congregation, the sermon and the church architecture, as well as commenting on the music that he heard (the organ, the hymns and the choir). The above listening experience has been extracted from one of these records. ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern for use in the Services of the Church’ (1861; Appendix, 1868; Second edition, 1875; Supplement, 1889) was envisaged as an anthology of the best hymns available and became the most widely-used hymnbook in the Church of England during the late nineteenth century. William Henry Monk (1823–89) was musical editor.